Ben Stiller to play Chippendales dancer in tale of male stripping and murder

I Am Chippendales will tell the torrid story of the erotic dance troupe and its rise to global fame – and marks a rare directing stint by Six Feet Under's Alan Ball

Ben Stiller is in talks to play a choreographer who helped create the Chippendales in a new film about the torrid early years of the famous male stripper troupe, reports Variety.

I Am Chippendales is described as the true story of how the erotic dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world. American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball will take a rare big screen directing role on the project: the 56-year-old is best known as the creator of TV series Six Feet Under and True Blood.

Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, a choreographer who was murdered in 1987 in what is believed to have been a contract killing. His Chippendales partner Somen Banerjee was convicted in 1994 for ordering the hit but hanged himself in his jail cell before his trial could be completed.

Death surrounded the early years of the Chippendales, which was created in 1979 by Banerjee, Paul Snider and lawyer Bruce Nahin. In 1980 Snider murdered his estranged wife Dorothy Stratten, a Playboy centrefold, after she left him for a career in Hollywood and embarked on an affair with the director Peter Bogdanovich. Snider then turned the gun on himself.

That story was subsequently told on the big screen in 1981's Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, in which Jamie Lee Curtis played Stratten, and 1983's Star 80, with Mariel Hemingway as Stratten and Eric Roberts as Snider.

Powered by article was written by Ben Child, for on Tuesday 1st April 2014 13.45 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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